10 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

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    1. I’ve seen lots of people watch a vegan-friendly documentary or read an article on plant-based diets and go cold turkey (or Tofurky, if you will) giving up all meat, dairy, and egg products immediately. While this ambition and drive is awesome, Ive seen it almost always lead to disappointment and failure to maintain a plant-based diet. I always urge people start slow, and make reasonable goals that will help maintain motivation and long-term success. I started with eliminating meat products, once I grew comfortable with that I began to eliminate dairy products, and lastly eggs. Starting where you’re most comfortable can make the transition smooth and realistic and not seem as daunting or overwhelming. Easing into a whole new way of eating will make going vegan more obtainable and sustainable.
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This step is huge and one of the most important parts of becoming, staying, and thriving on a plant-based lifestyle. There is so much incredible research, and studies that backup the power of plant-based eating, knowing just how powerful it can be is helpful when transitioning into this lifestyle as well as sustaining this way of eating. Knowing the power you have on your own health can help you to make consistent and educated food choices. When I say research I don’t mean reading journal reviews, lengthy clinical studies, or even books… it can be as simple as watching some Youtube videos , documentaries (Forks Over Knives, PlantPure Nation, What The Health), or spending a little time on google looking up some questions or doubts you may have.

Knowledge is power! 

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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs & Wear Cows by Melanie Joy, Ph.D. | Book Review

There probably won’t be very many book reviews posted here, because if you know me.. you know how much I hate to read. Reading is one of those things that I really wish I enjoyed, but I just never have. Maybe one day I’ll learn to love reading, but until then I’ll be happy to read (but more importantly, finish) at least two books every year.

0005s_0000_2012_03_01_why_we_love-353x210One book that I’m proud to say I read this year was Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs,Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism written by social psychologist Melanie Joy Ph. D. I had been wanting to read this book for about a year, and finally forced myself to go to the library, check it out, and actually read. Ever since going vegan, and understanding the social norms that surround eating and using animal products, I’ve been fascinated at the psychological reasoning and history behind using animals for our own use. This book really encompassed a lot of the topics I was interested in, so I found it very informative and eye-opening.

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